HCA elections held amid criticisms

The election process was initiated as per the directive of the Ranga Reddy Court. Then, it was challenged by the HCA ruling group in the High Court, which refused to grant a stay on the process but directed not to announce the results till further orders.

Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin's nomination was rejected ahead of the HCA elections.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

Elections for various posts in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) were held peacefully on Tuesday as 207 of the 216 registered voters exercised their franchise in the presence of the Ranga Reddy District Court-appointed Returning Officer K. Rajeev Reddy.

The election process was initiated as per the directive of the Ranga Reddy Court. Then, it was challenged by the HCA ruling group in the High Court, which refused to grant a stay on the process but directed not to announce the results till further orders.

The candidates in the fray are Dr. G. Vivekanand, former Member of Parliament (MP) and now Advisor to State government, and former cricketer Vidyuth Jaisimha for the president’s post after former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin's nomination was rejected.

Dr. K. Anil Kumar and Imran Mehmood are locked in a contest for the vice-president's post. For the post of joint-secretary, former Ranji cricketer Vanka Pratap and Ajmal Asad are in the fray. T. Seshnarayan of Bharat Cricket Club is the lone candidate for the secretary's post.

The ballot boxes will be kept under safe custody as per the directions of the Returning Officer.

A clear picture, on issues related to elections in the High Court, is expected on Wednesday as some challenged the legality of the process itself.

"Yes, we expect a clear picture tomorrow (on Wednesday) only. It was good to see so many voters turn out and complete the process," remarked Vivekanand after the end of polling.

Former HCA president Arshad Ayub reiterated the charges that the election was "illegal and the whole process manipulated in such a way that the Seshnarayan was elected unopposed for secretary's post."

"We are confident that the whole process, which is in gross violation of the Justice Lodha panel recommendations, would be declared null and void on January 19," he remarked.